Sabonis stays low, as Heat tie franchise three-point record to rout Pacers

2021-12-22 03:49
Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Herro returned from a three-game injury absence and tied for game-high honors with 26 points, leading the Miami Heat (19-13) to a 125-96 (33-21, 35-24, 30-24, 27-27) win over the visiting Indiana Pacers (13-19) on Tuesday night.

The Heat tied a franchise record with 22 3-pointers, shooting 44.9 percent from long distance and 49.5 percent overall.

Duncan Robinson tied his season-high with 26 points for the Heat, making 10 of 16 shots from the floor and 6 of 10 from long range.

Player of the Game
Tyler  Herro
Tyler Herro
Points 26
Accuracy 8-17
Rebounds 1
Assists 5

Miami's Kyle Lowry nearly had a triple-double, finishing with a game-high 12 assists, 11 rebounds and eight points.

Herro, who had been out due to a quad contusion, made 8 of 17 shots, including 5 of 8 from beyond the arc.

Heat guard Max Strus, in his third year in the NBA, made his first career start and finished with 18 points.

Miami reserve Omer Yurtseven had a game-high 13 rebounds, also his career high.

Indiana was led by Caris LeVert and Chris Duarte, each with 17 points. Center Domantas Sabonis posted 12 points on 4/11 from the field, 4/5 free throws, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes.

Point guard Malcolm Brogdon, who missed Indiana's most recent game due to a foot injury, returned but played just eight minutes. He did not return for the second half and finished with one point and two assists. He leads Indiana in both of those categories this season.

Pacers coach Rick Carlisle also returned after missing four straight games due to COVID-19 protocols.

Miami shot 54.5 percent from the floor -- including 7-for-12 on 3-pointers -- and closed out the first quarter with a 33-21 lead. Indiana shot 6-for-12 to start the first but ended the quarter cold, making just 1-of-9.

The Heat stretched their lead to 68-45 at halftime. Miami shot 52.1 percent from the floor in the first half, including 11-for-24 on 3-pointers (45.8 percent).

Miami, which got 18 first-half points from Robinson, finished the first 24 minutes plus-eight on points in the paint and plus-nine on rebounds.

Indiana shot just 37.5 percent overall before halftime and 3-for-14 on 3-pointers (21.4 percent).

Miami led 98-69 by the end of the third quarter and cruised in the fourth.

It was such a rout that the Heat went to seldom-used reserve Udonis Haslem, who made just the sixth 3-pointer of his long NBA career.

Miami Heat: Duncan Robinson 26 (10/16 FG), Tyler Herro 26 (8/17 FG, 5 AST), Max Strus 18 (7/15 FG, 7 REB, 4 AST), KZ Opala 16, Gabe Vincent 13 (5/13 FG, 3 REB).

Indiana Pacers: Caris LeVert 17 (4/15 FG, 4 REB, 3 AST), Chris Duarte 17 (5/7 FG, 4/5 FT, 4 REB), Oshae Brissett 14 (5 REB), Domantas Sabonis 12 (4/11 FG, 4/5 FT, 4 REB, 4 AST).


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